SC Pannell McLaren Vale Tempranillo Touriga

A skilfully crafted blend of delightfully mouth-embracing texture and understated complexity. Steve Pannell says the early-ripening tempranillo fared well for weight an intensity in 2011. The result is intricate and articulate in its expression of black cherries, black plum skins, dried herbs, anise, dried flowers, black pepper and bouquet garni. Maturation in large, mostly old oak barrels has drawn out brilliant texture and exacting focus. $22.50 at Wine Box Warehouse.